"The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us our own well-being is intimately
connected to other people and our natural environment.
For many people, living in a small lockdown bubble for weeks has put a
heavy strain on their mental health and relationships. For others, it’s
been a chance to strengthen multi-generational ties.
Māori and Indigenous peoples elsewhere have long called for social and
political transformation, including a broader approach to health that
values social and cultural well-being of communities, rather than only
the physical well-being of an individual.
When our COVID-19 lockdowns end, we can’t afford to stop caring about
collective well-being. New Zealand is well positioned to show the world
how this could be done, including through the New Zealand Treasury’s
Living Standards Framework – but only if we listen more to Māori and
other diverse voices."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics